October 3, 2012

Burnham man arrested for Unity pharmacy burglary

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling mhhetling@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

UNITY -- A Burnham man has been arrested and charged with cutting through the wall of a pharmacy and stealing prescription drugs early Sunday morning, police said.

Douglas J. Pagliaroli, 42, of Winnecook Road in Burnham was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Pagliaroli was nabbed after police released images from security cameras at Unity Pharmacy, which is inside Edwards Family Shop 'N Save. The burglar was described as thin, dark-haired and about 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

Police said they received several phone calls from members of the public who recognized Pagliori, which led to the arrest.

McCausland said state troopers also recognized Pagliaroli, who lived in Unity as recently as 2011, when he was arrested and fined $250 for operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked.

Police reports in the aftermath of the burglary said that "a backpack full of prescription drugs" had been stolen.

McCausland said that police were seeking a search warrant to enter Pagliaroli's home on Wednesday, where they believed most of the drugs would be found.

Pagliaroli had not yet been taken to the Waldo County jail late Wednesday afternoon.

"He went to the hospital for a medical evaluation," McCausland said. "Considering the amount of drugs that we think he stole, we wanted to make sure he was fit enough to end up in jail."

A court date has not yet been set for Pagliaroli.

The most recent robbery in Unity was at Down East Credit Union, which was robbed at gunpoint July 29, 2011. No one has been arrested in that robbery.

Unity Pharmacy was last robbed Jan. 21, 2005. Shawn D. Kivlin, 29, of Unity, was arrested shortly after and is serving 10 years, according to a Morning Sentinel story.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling -- 861-9287


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